It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Nursery


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After three babies, baby Akilah is the one who lucked up on having a nursery space. Albeit unintentional, I am loving it. I guess because I’m getting to enjoy all the little things that I didn’t have the opportunity to with the boys. That’s not to say that there were things that I wished they had. We just did what worked best for us at the time. With Jayden, we actually planned on having a nursery, but realized we didn’t need one. We returned his crib and 7 years later (ha!), sold his unused jungle crib bedding.

Instead of a nursery, he slept in a Playard beside the bed, then we co-slept in bed with us. Jaxon slept in a co-sleeper bassinet attached to the bed and when he grew out of that, we co-slept. By that time, Daddy had turned the living room into his sleeping quarters. Baby Akilah also slept in the same co-sleeper and once she outgrew it, we co-slept, but her bed shenanigans ultimately got her put out (lol).

I saw a neat little IKEA crib co-sleeper hack and decided that would be her solution. So for her first birthday, she got a crib from my in-laws and now I have my bed back. I’ve had my share of little feet in my ribs and little booties plopped on my head through the night so it was time mama had some space. I still bring her in my bed to nurse, but it’s back to her bed unless I’m feeling snuggly.


All of this rambling to say that it’s beginning to look a lot like a nursery up in here and I’m enjoying it. This is the last time we’ll proooobably have a baby in the house, so I’m basking in this and the newness of having a baby girl. That said, I’ve been adding accents and things to her little space and for Christmas, I have a few things on her wishlist for the wall.

One of the things that we’ve waited to get and I’m glad we did, was a diaper pail. I went back and forth between wanting a white pail and a pink pail, because YOLO! I thought I would be one of those parents that would be anti-pink, but I’m here for the pink and I think I do a good job at balancing it out.

Back to the diaper pail situation.

Miss Honey’s diapers have been on the funky side now that she’s loving her solids, so I’ve had to revisit getting a diaper pail. The folks at Playtex Baby sent us their new Diaper Genie Expressions customizable pail with sleeves. The pail has been peeerfect for our needs. Aside from keeping the stink out, it looks awesome in Akilah’s nursery space.



We were sent all five trendy fabric sleeves and the pink and grey shades work really well the pops of pink and grey already in our room. I’m on a minimalist kick, so I am all about creating lighter spaces and Diaper Genie Expressions fit the bill. I’m excited to see if there will be new sleeves for bolder nurseries. I think a black and white striped sleeve would be a hit for those with monochromatic nurseries.



The Diaper Genie Expressions pail is one of a few additions to baby Akilah’s nursery space that’s not only functional, but also great to look at. I’m having fun with this nursery thing, so I’ll be back to share little touches that I add here and there. I want to do a mini gallery wall and possibly a DIY crib skirt.

If you’d like to get the new Diaper Genie Expressions for your bub, you can find the pail and sleeves at most retailers like Target, Babies “R” Us, and Amazon. Just a note, Expressions sleeves are sold separately from the Diaper Genie Expressions pail so be sure to pick up the sleeve of your choice with the pail.

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Sheena Tatum

Hey, I'm Sheena! I married my jr. high sweetheart and together, we raise three tiny humans in NW Indiana. I'm an introverted free-spirit and serial dreamer obsessed with all things tropical and carefree. I love inspiring others to live wholly and find beauty in the mundane. I don't always get it right, but I'll keep trying anyway. :) Email: [email protected]

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  • jenn November 25, 2016 at 9:56 AM

    Long gone are those plain white bins. I love the new styles and how you can customize them to fit your nursery. Enjoy these days cause it go far too fast

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  • Marielle Altenor November 15, 2016 at 11:41 PM

    I love the design of the fabric covers. I co-slept with my daughter for a long time. She likes her bed now (most of the time lol).

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  • Lynndee November 14, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    What a pretty nursery. And that Diaper Genie is such a great addition. Wish I had one when my son was a baby.

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  • Chubskulit Rose November 14, 2016 at 6:56 AM

    What a cozy nursery. I never had a diaper genie when my kids were little but I wish I had one.

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  • Ann Bacciaglia November 13, 2016 at 10:02 PM

    The Diaper Genie Expressions pail will make a great baby shower gift for my friend. I like how fashionable they are now.

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  • Lori Felix November 13, 2016 at 2:19 PM

    I love the look of the diaper genie expressions and how you can kind of customize it to fit your room design. This would make a great baby shower gift.

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  • Amber Meredith November 13, 2016 at 12:40 PM

    Way back in the day, when my twins were little, it was like pulling teeth to get any sleep, haha. This is such a gorgeous baby line!

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  • Brittany Meredith November 13, 2016 at 12:39 PM

    I don’t have kids yet but when I do, I have no idea how I will cope with them in my bed, haha! It looks like things are looking up for you!

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  • Sammie Brakebill November 13, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    I was so happy when my newest one started sleeping longer in her crib. She is a little twisting monkey!

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  • Shannon Graham November 13, 2016 at 12:26 PM

    I love the play on words for the title! Super cute! I can only imagine how nice it feels to get some relief!

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  • uprunforlife November 13, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I never used a diaper pail or genie for any of my kids. I just felt it was unnecessary. We always tossed the dirty diapers in the kitchen trashcan. It fills up quickly so the diapers didn’t have a chance to get too funky. If it was a bad diaper, we just took out the trash.

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    • Sheena Tatum November 13, 2016 at 3:43 PM

      That’s how I felt with my last two, but now our trash situation is different. We aren’t allowed to have an outdoor trashcan at our new place and the dumpster is aaall the way across a parking lot.

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  • ricci November 13, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    What a cute nursery!! I think the Expressions diaper pail is a cute option to traditional diaper genies!

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  • OurFamilyWorld November 11, 2016 at 10:16 PM

    I love what you did in the nursery. I wish Diaper Genie was there when I had my babies.

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  • Nikki November 11, 2016 at 9:58 PM

    I wish I knew this when my son was a baby. This is such an amazing diaper genie.

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  • Gwendolyn Mulholland November 11, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    I love the Expression Sleeves for the diaper genie. I co-slept with my daughter and it was many years before she went to her own bed, so I know how happy you must be having your bed back.

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  • Paula Schuck November 11, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    I wish Expressions had been a thing when my kids were babies. Actually, I wish the Diaper Genie itself had been a thing when my kids were babies.

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  • Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle November 11, 2016 at 11:22 AM

    I love this new Expressions line. The Diaper Genie is one of the greatest inventions for parents, and now it doesn’t have to be so obvious.

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